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Android N Feature Spotlight: Long Tapping The Flashlight In Quick Settings Launches The Camera, Other Icons Go To Their Respective Settings

If there's one thing that keeps changing across different Android versions, it's the notifications and quick settings drop-down. Google can't seem to make up its mind about which way works better and N's latest changes to quick settings are a testament to that. While the new customization options are the most prominent modification, there's another one worth looking at and it affects how you go into the detailed settings of each quick settings item.

You might recall a drop-down arrow in Lollipop 5.1 and Marshmallow for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons, but that's gone in N. Instead, you can long tap on any icon and you'll be taken to its settings.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Easily Change Your Device's Display DPI With Screen Zoom

Android N keeps spilling more and more of its secrets, and we're still trying to go through all the new features added in this latest and sweetest preview of Android. One feature that any developer will applaud and many users will love is the ability to manually fake a specific DPI on your phone, making it think it's got a larger screen with smaller and tighter elements or a smaller one with bigger and more interspersed items. That was previously possible with third-party apps when rooted or with adb on non-rooted devices, but it's now a native and easy to switch feature.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: More Powerful Built-In File Manager Adds Move, Rename, Create, And Multiple Instances

In M, Android introduced a much needed file explorer that allowed users to browse their internal storage's directories, copy items, share them, open files that they may not have been able to access otherwise, and find specific ones they're looking for, all without the need for a third-party file explorer. This integrated browser is getting even better in Android N with a lot of new functionality and the addition of more powerful actions that weren't available in the previous iteration.

The browser is still hidden in Android's Settings > Storage > Explore, and once you open it, you'll see a similar interface to the one available in Marshmallow, but with lots of new features.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Updated ART Compiler Means No More Obnoxiously Long 'Optimizing Apps' Step And Much Faster App Installs

If you did the Android N beta OTA, you might have noticed something is missing—there's no more painfully tedious optimizing apps pop up after the update. This step is over almost instantly following the update to Android N. An improved version of the ART (Android Runtime) is fast enough that Android doesn't need to hold you up anymore. Fantastic.

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[Updated] The Nexus 6P Is Getting An Update (MHC19I) With Performance Improvements, A Do-Not-Disturb Fix, And More

Earlier today (before the Android N deluge), we reported on the Nexus 5X update, which included a few important bug fixes. Now there's a new build for the Nexus 6P that apparently offers the same improvements. It's build MHC19I, and it seems to have some noticeable performance improvements.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: System UI Tuner Expands Status Bar Options With Auto-Rotate Status Symbol, Clock, Battery, And Others

System UI Tuner made its debut in the Android M developer preview, and a little less than a year later it's getting some interesting new additions in version N. It's still activated in the same way: lower the Quick Settings shade and hold the "settings" gear icon for a few seconds. After that, the System UI tuner option will appear in the main Settings menu. We've already examined the new color balance calibration tool and the return of Night Mode, plus the new Quick Settings options, which are now exposed to the user by default. Let's take a look at the new Statusbar options, some of which are new and some of which are carried over from Android M:

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Quick Look At Android N: Five Sweet New Features (Video)

We know you don't see a lot of video content at Android Police. We also know that on days like this, you're probably absolutely craving a little variation in media consumption options to learn all about Android N. Well, today I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the AP team: Mark Burstiner.

Mark's going to help us produce awesome, entertaining, high-quality video (who I am kidding: help? he's going to do it - we're video noobs) that you'll actually want to watch. And on N-Day, what better way to kick off that campaign than with five awesome new features you'll find in Android N?

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Color Balance Calibration Now Available In System UI Tuner

Two different phones might have screens that share all the same specs, but in practice they may display colors differently. If you've ever wished you could easily tweak the way those colors are shown, Android N might give it to you. The system UI tuner includes a color calibration menu with sliders for the red, green, and blue channels.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: The Overview Button Gets Awesome Alt-Tab-Style Features For Fast App Switching (Video)

You already saw a few things the overview button can do in our split-screen video demo, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Google is taking app switching seriously in Android N by turbocharging the overview button. You can now switch between open apps without touching anything but that one button. Check out the video below for a demo.

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PSA: Don't Flash The Android N System Image If You Want To Receive OTA Updates [Update: Google Confirms You Can Get OTAs]

Patience is a virtue, and it's one that Google seems to value greatly. Just a few hours ago, Google released the preview images for Android N with the promise that future updates would come over-the-air through its new Android Beta program, but they forgot to mention that it didn't apply to anyone who manually flashed the images.

Tucked away in the Android Beta page, Google notes that "if you manually flashed Android N on your device by downloading the image from developer.android.com you won't receive OTA updates automatically." I'm sure that everyone who already flashed the update in the last three hours would really have appreciated knowing that before updating to Android N.

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